The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

White House Christmas Visit

This was such a special treat for us.  We had tried on two other occasions to get into the White House and have not been granted that privilege.  It is on a put your name in through a Congress man or Senator and hope you get chosen.  Lance who runs public affairs told us he had two invitation for Dec. 8 and asked if we wanted to apply and see if we could get in through Senator Flakes office.  In less than two weeks we were approved and we hit the jack pot.  Of all times to visit the White House, Christmas is the most desirable. It is very strict what you can take in and I couldn't take my good camera.  You can take pictures but the camera can not have a removable lens or be longer than three inches.  But you can use your cell phone.  So our pictures aren't the greatest but they will always bring back happy memories of the unforgettable day.


The East visitor entrance.  Those are penguins and a sleigh.

Random items in the halls as we came in. 
























Security is every where.


What a beautiful picture of Mrs. Reagan in this part of the White House. 

Cute mail display as you walk in.  The tree and wreaths are decorated with envelopes.  You can stop and use i Pads to send letters to our troupes.  

The tree has gold star ornaments with the names on of those heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  It is also to honor those that are currently serving.  







Tennis balls are on the Christmas tree.  This East Garden  room is dedicated the current White House dogs, Bo and Sunny.  They are Portuguese Water Dogs.  This tree is a puppy themed tree.  

Tennis ball trees. 



This is the East Colonnade Room


In the hall of the East Colonnade room and going into the White House they had snow flakes made by children from every state and territory. Mrs. Obama is trying to inspire public school children to strive to complete their education beyond high school.   

Idaho

Texas

Utah


This room has portraits of the First Ladies.  The room is to show the hospitality shown by the First Ladies throughout history.  
 





White House Library.   The White House Library has 2,700 books. You can find everything here from classic works of fiction to first hand accounts of important moments in our Nation's history. 









China Room.  The holiday decor is inspired by th Obama family china service.  It is chosen by Michelle Obama.  The china pattern features a bright Kailua Blue, evoking the waters off the coast of the Pres. Obama home state of Hawaii.  

I don't know who the presents on the table are for or if they have anything in them but there was a load. 
 



East Room this room houses the White House creche.  The nativity is made of terra cotta and intricately carved wood from Naples and Italy.  It was donated to the White House in 1960.  It has decorated this room for 45 years.  I wish we could have been up closer to see it.  

A door and clock in the hall way just before you enter the East Room. 














This is the creche. It was hard to see the nativity from behind the ropes. 







Picture of George Washington. 



Green Room has walls covered by emerald silk. This is the room were Eleanor Roosevelt greeted Amelia Earhart.  








The garland has sparkling gems, teal ornaments, plumed with peacock feathers.  That is the same them for the Christmas tree. 
 








The Blue Room is an oval room.  The Blue Romms has the official White House Christmas tree.  It is a  Fraser Fir from Pennsylvania and it stands eighteen feet one inch. It is dedicated to our nations's service members, veterans, and their families.  It is ornamented with holiday messages of hope for our troops and is decorated in red, white, and blue. 


















Red Room  was once Dolley Madison's famous salon.The two Christmas trees in the parlor have cranberry garland, apples, and pomegranates to decorate their branches.  


It really is a red or pinkish red room. 















There are bright red cardinals in this mantel decoration. 



Beautiful Drapery. 


The State Dining Room.  John Adams hosted the first White House Christmas party in December 1800 in this room.  Jacqueline Kennedy had miniature ornaments, wrapped mini presents, sugar plums fairies, and characters from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker on the Christmas Tree.  This room shows the wonders of Christmas through the eyes of children.  

Huge nutcracker.

Fireplace and another nutcracker.  That pictures is of Pres. Lincoln. 


The Wreaths in the windows have toys on.  Wagons and horns and fun things for children. 


There is a gigantic Teddy bear in the corn with the nutcracker. 





The decorations on the table are made of candy.  Gum ball tree, mint candies, candy canes.  




All the door ways were covered in decorations. 


Cool end table in the room.  Notice the leg in front is an eagle.  


I love the ceilings and the carved details in the rooms. 


This is a ginger bread house of the White House.  Gingerbread is brown that is why it is not white.  It was so well done that I thought it must be a glass village house of some place.  So I asked.  It is the gingerbread house. 

Huge gum ball machine with candy decorations.  


Leaving the State room is a picture of President Kennedy praying. 

The hall leading from the State Room to the front foyer. 



President Reagan.  Elder Anthony's favorite president. 

Christmas tree in the hall outside the State Room. 

Hall outside the state room.

Looking back to the State Room.

When you walk into the the front door and walk through the foyer you see this door and the seal of the President of the United States.


Bill Clinton picture is on the wall opposite to George Bush's picture. 


Pres. George W. Bush's picture is in the front entry. 

This wonderful pianist was at the foyer playing Christmas songs that could be heard through out the tour.  He was wonderful. 


Cool piano. 

Check out the legs on that piano. 


The piano legs are eagles. 




When you walk in the front door this is to your left. I don't know where is goes to.  We were in the East Wing of the White House.  


The curtains are even magnificent. 

A security guard was talking to us.  He saw our name tags and told us that when he was 12 years old he had LDS couple missionaries come to his home. Too bad that we were in stun shock of our surroundings.  We should have asked him if he would like them to come again.  His twin brother was at the front entrance.  

The ceiling and windows are elegantly adorned with beautiful carvings. This is in the foyer. 

When you walk into the front door this is in the floor I am not sure what the dates mean but maybe something to do with building on the White House. 

Front door. 



Elder Anthony at the front door of the White House.













The fountain in the front yard. 


View from the steps of the White House.

Here I am on the other side of the fence.

4 comments:

  1. What a cool experience! Thanks for sharing all those pictures. I know the tour we took wasn't that complete.

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing; what a privilege to walk through these historic halls.

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  3. I am so jealous! That is one place that I would like to visit. You really did hit it at the perfect time!

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  4. Thanks for sharing, that is so neat you finally got in!

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